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Eco Therapy

Nature therapy may mean that better health is right outside your door…literally!

If you want to ‘LIFT’ your spirit, you must GROUND your Soul. Why else do you think your ‘SOLE’ is on the bottom of your FEET!? Connecting with nature, or Earthing, is essential to a healthy ‘Mind-Body-Spirit’ and it has vital effects on longevity and optimizing your health.

For example, Eco-Therapy can help you manage an existing mental health problem as well as prevent future DIS-eases and episodes of Depression. Scientists have long known that sunlight can ease depression, especially Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). New research is expanding these findings every day. A 2007 study from the University of Essex in the U.K., for example, found that 71% of participants who had depression, greatly benefitted from a walk in the country and communing with nature. The researchers found that as little as 5-7 minutes per day, in a natural setting, whether walking in a park or gardening in the backyard, improves mood, self-esteem, and motivation.

There are many types of “Green” Therapy; however, I am most passionate about

ECO-THERAPY programs;

~(AAI) Animal Assisted Interventions: This therapy is less structured than “one-on-one” AAT (Animal Assisted Therapy) and simply involves; • Spending relaxed time amongst animals in their natural environments, feeding, brushing or petting them.

~(AAT) Animal Assisted Therapy: A very selective therapeutic relationship utilizing certified or licensed “Therapy/Emotional Support Animals”- • The focus of AAT is on the powerful interaction and empathetic bonding between the patient and the animal and is lead by an experienced counselor or therapist.

•Usually “one-to-one” and especially effective in healing patients suffering from ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, PTSD, Injury, Chronic Pain, Depression, Senility or Alzheimer’s, Hospice Care or other DIS-eases.

~EARTHING Therapy: As sentient beings we thrive on the connection to nature and touch and this therapy is based on the healing and spiritual growth nurtured by the sacred interaction with Mother Earth. Living in direct contact with the Earth grounds the body inducing many key Physiological and Electrophysiological charges that promote optimum health.

~’Letters From My Inner Child‘ (this brand and title trademarked by ME!)

Wellness & Healing Workshops: Multi-level group healing activities, creative writing for healing, intuitive games, education and ABA therapy sessions. The primary purpose of my groups is to repair or reconstruct the authentic SELF, practice ‘Connection’ and learn vital tools on how to navigate our ‘Emotional Minefields’. We will establish trust and cohesion, resolve trauma, conflict and struggle and just ‘have fun’ in a safe, healing environment. Additionally, our women’s groups allow us, as the ‘SHEroes’ we are, to re-establish or develop connections and satisfying, nurturing relationships where feelings such as sadness, loss, fear, anxiety, anger are not only ‘tolerated’, but understood, respected and worked with in a loving, empathetic ‘village’.

How can Eco-Therapy help me?

~Here are just a few of the common benefits associated with Eco-Therapy and it’s combination of outdoor activities and communing with nature:

~Improves mental health

~Improves physical health

~Ignites the 5 Senses

~Boosts self confidence

~Strengthens The Earthing Process

~Reminds you to practice daily gratitude and mindfulness

~Lowers Blood Pressure

~Helps you live in the present moment

~Lifts the veil of Depression

~Improves Circadian Rhythms

~Releases the ‘Happy Hormones’ (Endorphins, Serotonin, Dopamine and Oxytocin)

AND THE GOOD NEWS IS! We are not alone in this theory that rooting yourself and making a connection to the Earth daily is all the RX you need, Health care providers are now also giving their patients “nature prescriptions” to help treat a variety of medical conditions, from post-cancer fatigue to obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Yay US!

Have a beautiful, authentic life and I hope you dance!




Published by Dorothy Cline

Mindful Paws AAT Mindfulness on the Mountain magazine Vet Tech Groomer Girl (RVT & Groomer)

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